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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 11, 2019 10:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Some surprises at the Hampton 86 run

Turns out the 86 Hampton run has some great stuff … and some lame stuff .
The 3/19 show is enjoyable the whole time (well I’m not a fan of LLR, but it is ok) .
For my birthday (too bad I was on the wrong coast for this) Garcia played his first “Visions of Johanna “ . It is odd the two periods he performed this were when he was almost going to die, and before when he did . And he always MEANS it . I wish Dylan cared as much about his own songs as Garcia did . The 2nd set is pretty cool if you ask me . The whole thing flows though the “drums>space” section into a nice “Wheel” . The Chuck Berries are a little wan, but you get a fun “Mighty Quinn” encore . Definitely a good one .
The next night is another matter .To be blunt, it sucks . Want to hear the worst “Althea” ever ? They recover with the return of “Box of Rain” , which flips everyones lid . Big deal at the time . The pre-drums is ok, some like the “Estimated”, but I think they must love Bob’s “animal impersonations”, that I hate . I guess the “Eyes “ is alright , but the rest of the set is throw away .
Next .
It is cool to have Bob do Junior Walker’s “Roadrunner”, but he is really straining to get it . Where this set stands out is the surprisingly great “Bird Song”, and the “Supplication Jam>Let it Grow” . The 2nd set opens with a UJB , and Garcia gaffs the lyrics . The transition is interesting, you can hear Brent hint “Supplication” (did he want to go back into it ?) , but instead of the expected Weir choice Jerry leads them into “Terrapin” . The rest of the set is good, maybe a notch below the first show . Nice “Stella Blue” . I recommend the “Tobin “matrix” on this show, as you want to hear the details in the jams .

For the skeptical . Listen to the “Visions” , and if you got time the 2nd set , of the 19th, and the “Bird Song”, & “Supplication>Let It Grow” on the 21st .
For the “ it was a great moment “ feeling listen to the “Box” breakout on the 20th .


https://archive.org/details/gd1986-03-19.132686.naks.datbrad.lynn.flac16

https://archive.org/details/gd1986-03-20.nak300.damico.87611.flac16

https://archive.org/details/gd1986-03-21.142491.mtx.tobin.flac1644

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jan 11, 2019 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some surprises at the Hampton 86 run

"I wish Dylan cared as much about his own songs as Garcia did."

Amen to that. And having wan Chuck Berries is an unforgivable sin. Have you ever heard any of Leon Russell's Dylans? He and Jerry are my faves.

Frankly it's more fun denigrating 86 than listening to it.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 11, 2019 6:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some surprises at the Hampton 86 run

Usually with Dylan, the closer he is to his initial versions of his songs, the better . "Johanna," as he performed it on "Blonde on Blonde",an around then, is sacred territory for me . I saw him perform it once around the time of "Oh Mercy," at the Greek in LA . I wish I didn't ...
Anyway, Leon .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHxiGwiJpYk

As for 86, you might like that "Bird Song" .

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jan 12, 2019 2:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some surprises at the Hampton 86 run

I will try it but tonight I go to Lewis Black with my boy.

I remember this clip. It was broadcast live on PBS. He and the band were awesome. Mad Dogs and Englishmen!

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Poster: wlg3 Date: Jan 14, 2019 6:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some surprises at the Hampton 86 run

Sometimes I listen to shows I attended and realize they're much better, or worse, than what I remembered at the time. But my thoughts on these shows have never changed, and this summary is right in line.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jan 14, 2019 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some surprises at the Hampton 86 run

I agree. My opinion of these shows has not changed after several listens...the assessment was pretty much in line with my experiences at those 3 shows.

At the beginning of the second set from 3/20 I was quite worried that Jerry was going to keel over right there on stage in front of our eyes.

Strange though is that by the time I saw them at the Greeks that summer it appeared they were doing A-Ok again...so the coma thing was quite a surprise. I had my '86 Ventura tickets in hand.

https://youtu.be/oezkf9a3kJ8
https://youtu.be/hOAAJNrR4I0
https://youtu.be/vswbowKblw0